Annoying itch? Unfamiliar odor? Dryness coming between you and intimacy? As women, it’s likely we’ll all deal with at least one of these issues at some point or another. So, to help you stay informed about the good, the bad and the ugly (metaphorically speaking, of course), we’ve created individual crash courses that examine the issues affecting women’s vaginal health.
If you have a vagina, you’ve probably felt itchy in that area at some point in your life. Vaginal itch is so common, in fact, women experience it more often than the common cold. And as you may know, itch isn’t a one-size-fits-all sensation. The feeling ranges from slightly bothersome to very irritating to OMG-my-vagina’s-on-fire. Needless to say, we’re of the mind that vaginal itch is less of a dirty little secret and more of a shared experience of womanhood. However, when itch does happen, it’s important to know what may be causing it so you can get relief.
Fact: Your vaginal area has a lot of sweat glands. And we all know what happens when we sweat. Vaginal odor happens to all of us, but it shouldn’t stop you from doing you. So the next time you’re wondering if you’re the only fragrant woman in Pilates, know that you’re not and that there’s no shame in your game. When you do want a freshness solution, we’ll help you find one.
Ah, yeast infections. The pesky little predicament that makes its presence known by starting a fire in your vagina. The itching. The burning. This imbalance of vaginal fungus is definitely not fun, but it is common. (Don’t worry, we just did the over-the-shoulder “who me?” look, too.) 90% of women think we need better intimate health education, so we want to help you recognize the signs, so you can get relief and get on with your life.
Let’s talk about vaginal dryness, shall we? Firstly, it’s more common than you think! Vaginal dryness has affected 70% of women at some point in their lives. And contrary to popular belief, menopause isn’t the only culprit. Dryness can start as early as your 20s. (Yikes!). Stress, birth control, antihistamines, childbirth, breastfeeding, and even dehydration can cause vaginal dryness. It may also be a symptom of vaginal atrophy, a condition in which vaginal tissues become thinner and more easily irritated. And what about sex? When your heart says one thing but your vagina says another, it’s a recipe for unwanted interruptions. Vaginal dryness doesn’t have to keep you from feeling like yourself or looking forward to intimacy.